Start early today and head Tsukiji Fish Market with a local guide. Best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, Tsukiji handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.
After exploring the outer market, you can “sample the wares” at your included sushi breakfast in one of the market’s fresh sushi bars.
Following breakfast, stroll through nearby Hama-Rikyu Garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period lord. Take a break in the tea house known as ‘Nakajima No Chaya’ which stands elegantly in the park’s lake. Here, you will have the chance to get a taste of matcha, or Japanese green tea.
Afterwards, you will then have a chance to view Tokyo from a different angle as you take a boat cruise along the Sumida River.
Next stop will be Asakusa, a part of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or old town. Asakusa is the city’s oldest Geisha district and also the home to Sensoji (“Asakusa Kannon”) Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Sensoji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.
From Asakusa, it is a short walk to Kappabashi, otherwise known as the “Kitchenware Town,” which is lined with dozens of stores selling everything needed by Tokyo’s restaurants. You will find specialized stores for dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, stoves, tables, chairs, signs, lanterns, and more. This is also the place where you will find for sale the plastic food models you can see in restaurants.
Last stop for the day will be at Ueno’s Ameyoko-cho, a busy market street underneath the train lines. Originally the site of a black market after World War II, this bustling market is now filled with shops and stalls selling various products such as fresh fish, dried food and spices, and is a great place to try some local snacks.
Overnight in Tokyo.
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